Friday, December 13th, 2013

Janet Malcolm v. Francine Prose

BRONTE SHADEA reader writes: "what is the long game here????" He refers to this letter, in the New York Review of Books, from Janet Malcolm, to Francine Prose, regarding Rebecca West's views on Charlotte Brontë. (You got that? ARE YOU SURE.) Malcolm criticizes Rebecca West's views on Brontë, but finishes: "Prose’s condescending words about Nora Ephron’s brilliant elliptical essays are similarly puzzling."

How did this come to pass? To what end was this written? Was this an impulsive blog comment of a letter? I too would be moved to defend Nora Ephron, but perhaps not to the extent of dashing off a letter. Or was this a tip of an iceberg of some seething hate or feud? Or are they right now at some tea shop laughing uproariously?

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Freddie DeBoer (#4,188)

not to piggyback on Balk but "all-annihilating fear of death" springs to mind

@Freddie DeBoer THAT is actually a very good point. :(

Mr. B (#10,093)

I think you don't read enough of the NYRB, Choire! In terms of weirdness and inexplicability, nothing on the Internet can quite match even the back-of-the-book personals-for-old-people section, let alone the letters to the editor.

@Mr. B Haha, no it's true. But this seems both so picayune and so pointed!

Super-advance viral marketing for Michelle Dean's book?

(Love you Michelle!!)

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